Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli has denounced the people who destroyed the signage on road named after him.
The Francis Atwoli Road sign erected in the plush Kileleshwa neighbourhood, near the Kenya High School, was set ablaze by unknown people on Monday night, 14th June
In a statement issued on Tuesday, 15th June, Atwoli said that burning of the road sign named in his honour doesn’t hurt him, adding that the act will haunt the people behind the vandalism.
He noted that the road sign was put up as an honour by Nairobians for his many years of service.
“Bringing down an honorary road signage with my name doesn’t hurt me. On the flip side, it will haunt, for life, those who are behind it. For how does it benefit them? How do you sleep at night knowing you are a vandal?” reads Atwoli’s statement.
“My name is all over the world and one doesn’t require a street signage for them to know who Francis Atwoli is. The name will live in posterity taking into account my years of selfless service to the workers in Kenya and the world.”
This is not the first time the signage is being vandalised by unknown people since the road was renamed after the trade unionist on 27th May. It was formerly called Dik Dik Road.
The road sign was brought down just a day after it was erected by the Nairobi City County government but it was re-erected again after two days.
After the incident, Atwoli tweeted saying that the CCTV cameras had been installed in the area to guard the road sign.
“The Nairobi County government has reinstalled the sign. If you think you came from the moon go try remove it again. Also, a CCTV has been installed for the security of the area,” Atwoli said in a tweet.
The renaming of the road has faced a lot of opposition from Kenyans who thought the Cotu boss did not deserve the credit.